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ICU Nurse Jennifer Bejo says single-use N95 respirators are being “decontaminated” for reuse at AMC.
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Nurses from Albany Medical Center assembled in front of the hospital on Sunday to highlight conditions they say may threaten nurse and patient safety, ahead of an anticipated second wave of COVID-19.

Demonstrators rally for NYSNA workers outside Albany Medical Center, Labor Day 2020.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Nurses at Albany Medical Center have authorized a potential strike over their ongoing contract dispute with the hospital. 

County Executive Dan McCoy and County Department for Aging Commissioner Deb   Riitano handed out "flu prevention bags" to seniors at a drive-through event in   Congregation Beth Emeth's parking lot.
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Already trying to control the coronavirus pandemic, Albany County officials kicked off a "shoo the flu" initiative this week.

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The death of actor Chadwick Boseman on August 28 from colon cancer at the age of 43 came as a shock. Perhaps best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in the film “42” and suiting up as Black Panther, Boseman had been diagnosed at stage 3 in 2016, but never spoke publicly about it, privately undergoing countless surgeries and chemotherapy, according to his family.

Jennifer Bejo satnds with other nurses outside Albany Med on April 11,
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During the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the front lines — pulling long shifts in often dangerous conditions. Here is one nurse's story.

Albany Med nurses
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Albany Medical Center nurses rallied outside the hospital on New Scotland Avenue Saturday morning.

The nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association say the hospital has been restricting access to respirators and other equipment.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, County Exec Dan McCoy, Dr. Elizabeth Whalen
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The death of a man in his 50s with underlying health issues Thursday night was the 12th coronavirus death in Albany County. Meantime, county officials continue to urge people to practice social distancing, especially during Passover and Easter.

 Hospital leaders gathered at Albany Med practice social distancing.
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Cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in the Capital Region, and area hospitals are scrambling to keep up.

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COVID-19's sweep through the Capital Region is being closely watched by government and health officials.

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Albany Medical Center says it’s enhancing  preparedness efforts related to the novel coronavirus.

Ellis Medicine's vice president and chief medical officer Dr. David Liebers addresses reporters as Incoming Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna looks on.
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Responding to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, hospitals across the region have collaborated on a coronavirus preparedness plan.

NYSNA nurses outside Ellis Hospital
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Nurses and staff members with the New York State Nurses Association rallied in Schenectady today. As WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports, the union is negotiating for new contracts at three local hospitals.

Registered nurses with the New York State Nurses Association are planning to demonstrate in Schenectady Friday.

Albany County and city officials, religious leaders and registered nurses held a prayer vigil Sunday on the steps of Albany City Hall.
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More than 2,000 nurses at Albany Medical Center have been negotiating a contract since April 2018, when they voted for union representation. They held a rally and vigil Sunday on the steps of City Hall.

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Dr. David Hart of Albany Medical Center joins Medical Monday to discuss Alzheimer's disease. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

Nurses gathered in Colonie to discuss a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of some Filipino nurses who came to the U.S. under a special program.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A nurses' union is accusing Albany Medical Center of violating human trafficking law, forcing Filipino nurses to continue working there under the threat of severe financial penalties.

Nurse Jennifer Bejo
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Hundreds of unionized Albany Medical Center nurses picketed Wednesday outside the hospital. 

RN Chris Lee
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Although a picket was averted, unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center continue to voice their concerns about staffing and patient care. 

ICU nurse Jennifer Bejo says " breaks my heart in two that I've seen so many of these amazing nurses leave AMC to seek out better opportunities at other upstate unionized hospitals."
Gabe Kristal

A picket by unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center is off for now.

ICU nurse Jennifer Bejo says " breaks my heart in two that I've seen so many of these amazing nurses leave AMC to seek out better opportunities at other upstate unionized hospitals."
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A group of unionized nurses are threatening a picket at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Dennis P. McKenna Will Assume the Office on March 31, 2020 at Midnight

Albany Medical Center is promoting from within to replace its long-time CEO.

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After 25 years as president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center, James Barba will step down next year. Barba, who joined the Albany Med Board 40 years ago, will leave March 31, 2020. The hospital says his successor will likely be announced this summer. 

A rendering of the planned medical office complex at 989 Route 146 in Clifton Park
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Albany Medical Center hospital is expanding its network of urgent care facilities in the Capital Region. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday in the Saratoga County Town of Clifton Park.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan and her partners in fighting poverty throughout Albany announced the launch of the third phase of the City of Albany’s Poverty Reduction Initiative (CAPRI) at a press conference on Thursday.
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Mayor Kathy Sheehan has unveiled the third phase of Albany's Poverty Reduction Initiative. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was at city hall for the announcement.

Albany Medical Center Hospital is investigating the death of a patient who died in the emergency room.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer speaks at Albany Medical Center Monday.
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Trump administration to reverse cuts to a hospital drug discount program. The Democratic Senate Minority Leader gathered with area health leaders at Albany Medical Center Monday to detail his effort.

Doctors James Allison of the University of Texas, Carl June of the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute
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Three trailblazing immunotherapy researchers have won this year’s Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to open The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center, the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England.
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The new pediatric emergency department at Albany Medical Center has opened.

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The Northeast is gearing up for a heat wave that is setting up to run through the 4th of July, the likes of which we haven't experienced in some time. Authorities are issuing advisories and offering tips on dealing with the heat.

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As the country grapples with the addiction epidemic, one Capital Region hospital is offering opioid-free surgery for a select number of operations.